Affco's 'third world' meat works

07052012 news photo / The Nelson Mail / Martin de Ruyter

Affco workers and members of other unions walk up Trafalgar St in a protest. The Affco workers earlier visited Talley family residences in Motueka.

Eight North Island meat processing plants will go on strike for two days next week in protest over what the union says are "third world conditions.

Southland farmers up for awards video

Malcolm Mackenzie with dogs Tess and Belle on his farm, near Browns. Mackenzie is nominated for a Southland Environment Award for farming.

Five Southland farms are showing why being environmentally friendly is key to long-term farm sustainability.

Breakthrough in farm flatulence

Cows could be belching out one-third less methane in five years' time, thanks to a new food additive.

Kiwi scientist helps find feed additive that cuts farm methane emissions.

Rural firms in ComCom's sights

The Commerce Commission said it was in talks with a third company, Rural Livestock.

Price fixing by PGG Wrightson and Elders NZ is alleged by the competition watchdog.

Dairy farmer broke cows' tails

Michael James Whitelock pleaded guilty in Greymouth District Court to 12 charges, including ill treatment of animals and firearms-related charges.

Cows were beaten, had their tails broken and were shot in the kneecaps.

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Welcome to the science equal of Middle Earth

The agricultural science funding model is rotten, says Doug Edmeades.

Agricultural science research has gone from simplicity to complexity in 30 years of reforms, writes Doug Edmeades.

Freeing scientists from the chains of commerce

Doug Edmeades explains how he would change the legislation governing science funding to remove the current nasty commercial taint.

When only a spade will do

Lessons from farming couples


Barrie shows sportsmanship

Cameron Barrie with his good sportsmanship award he won at the tractor pull at the Fieldays.

Cameron Barrie rewarded for showing the right attitude during the tractor pull at this year's Fieldays.

'Fantastic' for fencing tool inventor

The Fieldays was a “fantastic” success for fencing tool inventor Patrick Roskam, his mum Angela Roskam says.

Matt Jones of Levin competes in the Golden Pliers.

Top fencer 'chuffed' with win

It was seventh time lucky for a chuffed Tim Stafford at the recent National Fencing Championships.


Dirty dairy farmer fined

A dairy farmer has been fined for pumping effluent into drains leading to a river,

Farmer offends for 11 years before being fined tens of thousands of dollars.

Rough week ahead for dairying

Dairying heading into a bleak week with a GlobalDairyTrade auction and Fonterra expected to deliver a double whammy blow to the season's milk price outlook.

The big stench caused after Fonterra dumped three million litres of buttermilk into the Eltham Waste Water Treatment has reached its conclusion in court.

Fonterra fined $192k over stink

Fonterra has been fined $192,000 for getting up the noses of Eltham residents.


Guarding Taranaki's pride and joy

Riparian planting on the Rahotu farm of  Rob and Gwen Willcox and daughter Tina Worthington was recognised by a Taranaki Regional Council environmental award.

Taranaki guardians continue to watch environment even though dairy cow numbers and fertiliser use remains steady in the region.

You can only control employment

OPINION: Most of you reading this now will be getting ready for calving and lambing in the next month


Receiver rumour nonsense says Federated Farmers

News that an unnamed bank in Ashburton put a receiver on call over financially-strapped farmers is "nonsense".


Aquaculture growth an ongoing battle

Graeme Coates

Latest aquaculture expansion in Tasman Bays is the latest step along a road stretching back more than three decades.

MPs visit mussel spat hatchery

A team of Labour MPs finished a day in Nelson with a visit to the SPATnz mussel hatchery at the Glen, north of Nelson.

A kayak fisher tries his luck at a Golden Bay mussel farm.

Marine farm decision challenged

Legal challenge means delays are likely before new marine farms go ahead in Tasman and Golden Bays.


Taranaki farmer counts himself lucky

Okoki farmer Alan Cudmore has been feeding his rising two-year-old red devon bulls in a sacrifice paddock since the devastating rain dump in June.

Taranaki sheep and beef farmer wishes he could do more to help his flood-stricken colleagues.

Young Future Beef gun just a natural

Nine-year-old Nicolas Verry wants to be a stock agent when he grows up.


Receiver rumour nonsense says Federated Farmers

News that an unnamed bank in Ashburton put a receiver on call over financially-strapped farmers is "nonsense".


Tekapo photographer honoured to live in the Mackenzie

A beautiful lake scene.

With the right light and at the right time, Mackenzie is magic, says landscape photographer George Empson.

Next to no rain prolongs drought

Canterbury farmers are soldiering on in the hope that a warm and wet spring might finally deliver them some relief from a long drought.

A dog waits its turn in the sale ring at the Gore Dog Sale.

Top dogs fetch $5700

A shortage of good working dogs pushed prices up at the Gore dog sale recently.


Costly weed resistance warning

Foundation for Arable Research's research dirctor Nick Poole, left, with Mid-Canterbury arable farmer Eric Watson. Poole says New Zealand growers have 15 years up their sleeves to deal with weed resistance to agrichemicals.

NZ's arable farmers warned to be careful in avoiding a resistance to agrichemicals.

Hemp seed food standard closer

New Zealand could adopt a food standard for the sale of hemp seed products in the next 12-18 months.

Award winning Waikato maize grower Alan Henderson with his silverware.

Long term approach yields results

Alan Henderson looks at the long term picture when it comes to achieving higher crop yields on his Pirongia farm.


Affco workers subject to 'third world' conditions

Affco workers and members of other unions walk up Trafalgar St in a 2012 protest.

Workers at AFFCO's eight North Island meat processing plants will go on strike for two days next week in protest over their "third world conditions" said national union secretary Graham Cooke.

Wine Bill to clarify origins

Wine industry figures expect a new law clarifying a wine's origin to come into force later this year.

Allan Hubbard in 2011 at the time his business affairs were under investigation.

Farming syndicates penalised under act

Two farming syndicates linked to deceased businessman Allan Hubbard have been penalised.


Fewer false TB positives

Professor Bryce Buddle takes a skin test on a cow.

A new test for bovine TB developed by AgResearch is attracting international attention.

Herb-clover grows lambs faster

Specialised herb-clover mixes may be the answer to improving both reproductive performance of sheep, and lamb finishing weights.

Lincoln University greenhouse research into the use of sewage and dairy effluent to grow native plants.

$200m gain forecast from biowaste

New research suggests the use of sewage and dairy shed effluent on pine plantations can generate big economic returns.

rural women

Cattle whisperer leaves legacy

Dr Cheryl McMeekan, pictured with Ditau, one of her five dogs, died on June 8 on Lantau Island in Hong Kong.

Cheryl McMeekan had a gift with animals. She cared for every one she found and her beneficence is living on, despite her death.

Firm friendship: The sports star and the girl inventor

It's easy to see young inventer Ayla Hutchinson and her mentor, Bernice Mene are mates - even though they clearly have pretty different backgrounds.

Wendy Avery.

The strong woman behind the man

Meet the woman who supports the man who is the face of the fight against farmer depression.


New owner to spend million on Museum hotel

Wellington's Museum Art Hotel is in good hands, says it's new owner, who plans to stay focused on art and spend millions upgrading.

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